Vice PM Yaalon: Sanctions are not delivering the goods

Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon responded to the Iranian currency’s record slump against the dollar by saying that although sanctions were biting hard into the Iranian economy, the centrifuges (enriching uranium) continued to spin without pause. Only a combination of three elements had any chance of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program, said the minister: tough sanctions, isolation and a credible threat of military force.

In Tehran’s street market on Saturday, one American dollar traded for 28,800 Iranian rials, a record six percent drop from the previous day. Yaalon noted that Iran was still investing vast sums in military and intelligence coin for propping up the Assad regime in Syria.

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